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Leader

The tapered (unless you are Jim Curry) section of monofilament/co-polymer/fluorocarbon/horsehair/cat gut (incredible but apparently true; who would have thought it, that fluorocarbon would have sufficient knot strength?) used to separate the distance between the fly and the flyline. One of the more interesting properties of the “leader” is its ability to tangle itself into incredibly complicated knots at any and every given opportunity. Some flyfishing analyst dudes do not refer to the complete length of monofilament/co-polymer/fluorocarbon/horsehair/cat gut (incredible but apparently true; who would have thought it, that monofilament would be thin enough to fool a wily trout?) as the “leader”, but only the tapered section between the flyline and the tippet section.

Courtesy of Paul

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